Heart disease sends thousands of people to meet their maker every year. Atrial Fibrillation cases continue to increase. By 2030, more than six million people will experience Atrial Fibrillation, according to a recent Italian heart study. Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) is a medical condition that develops when the heart’s chambers don’t beat in sync.
The cause of Atrial Fibrillation is still a question mark. But according to Dr. Andrea Natale, the main cause of Afib is stress. During the pandemic, a high number of COVID patients experienced Afib. And the loved one of those patients also developed an irregular heartbeat and other heart issues due to the extraordinary amount of anxiety created by the virus. Dr. Natale is the surgeon, researcher, author, lecturer, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Electro-cardiology who treated thousands of Afib patients before the pandemic.
Andrea Natale is St. David’s Arrhythmia Institute’s medical director. Andrea Natale’s medical background is hard to ignore. Natale is one of the country’s leading Atrial Fibrillation experts. Natale helped start the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). In 2005, he became chairmen of the HRS, and in 2010 he served as a medical ambassador for the Heart Rhythm Society. In 2011, Andrea Natale became a Heart Rhythm Society’s Board Trustee.
Dr. Natale’s medical education started at the University of Florence Medical School. He also attended the School of Cardiology at The Catholic University. He finished his cardiac residency at Western Ontario University. Andrea also became a research fellow at Baylor and Methodist Hospital.
Today, Dr. Natale is a renowned heart specialist. Natale told the press anxiety and heart issues were the flavors of the day during the pandemic. Several studies show Afib was one side-effect of the virus. Afib can be a life-threatening disease on its own. So developing Afib while infected with the virus can be a deadly combination.
Dr. Natale’s EPLive conference in December 2020 allowed heart surgeons, cardiologists, fellows, and other medical experts to learn more about Afib tech advancements and other non-surgical treatments virtually. Dr. Natale introduced AT Ablation VT Ablation, Devices and Technology as the four topics he would cover. The open discussions at the conference produced the need for 2021 EPLive, according to Natale.